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White Supremacist and opponent

Reducing White Supremacy

Back when I was a drunk, everything was always someone else’s fault. Eventually, I discovered, with Jimmy Buffett, that it was “my own damn fault.” Once I accepted that, I could get sober and build something out of the ruins. I no longer had to be destructive….   Denial of responsibility, the flip side of … Continue reading Reducing White Supremacy

Casualization: A Primer

This is for those who don’t yet understand, not for those who have lived it. Casual employees have never been treated well. They come and go with a shrug on the parts of institutional executives. Organizations know that they need a certain number of permanent employees they treat well in order to maintain the cohesion … Continue reading Casualization: A Primer

Eric Hoffer in the Oval Office--During Lyndon Johnson's presidency

Overcoming the Travesty of Belief

The outrages foisted on the United States by a belligerent minority defy belief. Nothing we've experienced prepared us for what is happening now. Though the above was said, pre-Trump, by the right, it is we in the real, inclusive majority (a majority that, unfortunately, doesn't cohere as Trump's new  Republicans do) who are facing the … Continue reading Overcoming the Travesty of Belief

Presence: Hope and 21st Century American Academia

I've collected quite a number of my blog posts on higher education into a single volume. It can be purchased through Amazon.com either as a paperback or for Kindle. Get if from CUNY Academic Works or it can be downloaded from Academia.edu. It is free in both cases, and free to distribute. Why get this … Continue reading Presence: Hope and 21st Century American Academia

Frankenstein movie poster 1931

The Monster and the Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and America Popular Culture

In 1939, when Mel Brooks was twelve or thirteen in Brooklyn and Gene Wilder was six or seven out in Milwaukee, they probably saw John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln starring Henry Fonda. They were both that kind of boy.  Though sparked by the early life of our sixteenth president, the movie was a fanciful tale; … Continue reading The Monster and the Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and America Popular Culture

Hemingway's House, Upper Level

“Of ourselves and of our origins”: Hemingway and Williams in Key West

One of the my favorite poems was inspired by Key West, Florida. It is Wallace Stevens' "The Idea of Order at Key West." It starts: She sang beyond the genius of the sea.   The water never formed to mind or voice,   Like a body wholly body, flutteringIts empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion   Made constant cry, caused … Continue reading “Of ourselves and of our origins”: Hemingway and Williams in Key West

Angkor Before the Khmer Rouge: A Snapshot Essay

Christmas of 1965, while Americans back home were beginning to learn where Saigon was, the Barlow family was preparing to leave Bangkok for a few days in Cambodia, the country separating Thailand from Vietnam where peace was becoming rare. We had come to Southeast Asia six months earlier, to a part of the world we … Continue reading Angkor Before the Khmer Rouge: A Snapshot Essay